People

Principal Investigator

Rajesh_KanaRajesh Kana Ph.D.: My primary research interest is in asking neuroscience questions pertaining to social cognitive and linguistic functions. Perhaps an ideal venue for studying social cognition is autism spectrum disorder, an intriguing disorder marked by cognitive and social impairments. I use neuroimaging to study typical population as well as those with neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Graduate Students

Lauren_Libero2Lauren Libero: I am graduate student in the Lifespan and Developmental Psychology Program. My research interests include the neural bases of social cognition and communication, particularly within the context of developmental disabilities such as autism. I am also interested in exploring brain connectivity (through fMRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging) and its relationship with brain function.
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Donna_MurdaughDonna Murdaugh: I am a doctoral candidate in UAB’s medical/clinical psychology program. I am most interested in blending my clinical knowledge with my research in neuroimaging. I currently work on clinical translational neuroimaging studies in both adults and children with autism spectrum disorders. In particular, I am interested in how language intervention can shape both functional and anatomical changes in brain in language-delayed children with autism. I am also taking a lead in a project examining the default mode network, or the “resting” brain, in children and adults with autism. My focus is on the overlap of the default network and Theory-of-Mind processes, and how this may translate into the behavioral symptoms in autism.
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thomaswebsiteThomas DeRamus: I am a second year Behavioral Neuroscience student. My research interests include morphological and functional alterations in the brains of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and the relationship these changes share with behavior. I am also interested in genetic and biochemical contributions in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism (using magnetic resonance spectroscopy and molecular analytic techniques) and the influence these factors may have on morphometric changes in the brain.
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Maximo-Omar1smallOmar Maximo: I am a graduate student in the Lifespan and Developmental Psychology program at UAB. My current interests are assessing functional connectivity in autism spectrum disorders using fMRI data by applying different methods. The goal is to determine if these measures drive discrepancies in connectivity patterns. I am also interested in examining anatomical connectivity using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). My long-term goal is to determine the significance of brain connectivity as a neurobiological signature of autism.
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  UnderGraduate Students
Briley CopelandBriley Copeland:I am a junior in the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program at UAB.  I am pursuing a degree in neuroscience with minors in psychology, chemistry, and biology.  After graduating, I plan to attend medical school to pursue a career in either neurology or psychiatry.  I am interested in the etiology and treatment of brain disorders, as well as the morphological features that can be seen using neuroimaging.
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Constance_Doss1Constance Doss: I am currently interested in learning about the origins of language in the brain, and to relate this knowledge to communication disorders like autism. I recently graduated from UAB, and plan to attend medical school this coming year.  In the future, I hope to use my medical knowledge to conduct clinical-based research.
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  Programmer/Analyst
Rishi_Deshpande2Rishi Deshpande: After completing graduate degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, I have focused on fMRI data acquisition and analysis, and how different techniques can be applied to achieve the best possible scientific results. I am actively involved in providing computational and neuroimaging assistance to various projects in the lab.
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